Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick was in the Oval Office as President Biden signed H.R. 2278, legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
The bill was introduced by Fitzpatrick and two colleagues. It passed the House of Representatives 423-0 and in the Senate by unanimous consent.
“With the signing of this bill into law, this huge and historic milestone that is the September 11th National Memorial Trail becomes a lasting legacy that will forever serve as a symbol of American resilience,” Fitzpatrick said. “This trail will allow us to harness the great outdoors to forever commemorate our heroes and memorialize the innocent lives our nation lost on 9/11.”
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300-mile system of trails and roadways that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington D.C and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It serves as a tribute to the fallen men and women who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.
The Trail’s design constitutes a triangular route that will start at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, then extend northwest to the Flight 93 National Memorial. It will then continue east to New York City’s National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The Trail then heads south following the East Coast Greenway connecting to the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection. It then connects to the National Mall in Washington D.C. and ultimately returns to the Pentagon Memorial.